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First freight train from Zhengzhou arrived in Hamburg

DB Chairman Dr. Rüdiger Grube: “DB Schenker in Asia is in an excellent starting position” • Maiden voyage to Billwerder in only 15 days

(Berlin/Essen/Hamburg, 2 August 2013) On behalf of the city of Zhengzhou, DB Schenker cooperated in the first freight train ride from the north-central Chinese city to Hamburg. The voyage was organized by the Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Co., Ltd. The train with 51 containers arrived the freight yard in Hamburg-Billwerder on Friday. DB Schenker acted as logistics partner to Zhengzhou for all services outside China which includes operations as well as additional logistics services.

"The growing Chinese goods traffic, together with the ongoing shift from production-intensive industries to the Chinese hinterland, offers a lot of potential. DB Schenker in Asia is in an excellent starting position", says Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn AG at the occasion of the arrival of the train in Hamburg. Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, has nearly nine million inhabitants and is considered as an important industrial center and transportation hub. As the first international logistics provider, DB Schenker used the new connection for the transportation of containers for different customers from trade and industry. For three years, DB Schenker trains are traveling on the Euro-Asian route, in the past two years, more than 300 freight trains were sent to and from China. DB Schenker Logistics has been in China for decades and has a closely-knit network of locations in all major economic regions.

In particular, the relatively short travel time from the Chinese inland, the arrival in the middle of Europe and the ability to distribute containers from here quickly and safely further, indicates the offer of DB Schenker. The train from Zhengzhou covered the 10,214 kilometer route through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland to Germany in a record time of just 15 days.

DB Schenker has a long experience in travelling the Euro-Asian route. Already in 1973 the first container travelled along the Trans-Siberian. And a first goods train been started in Beijing arrived at Hamburg in 2008. As of 2011 DB Schenker has set up regular weekly block train service between China and Germany mainly for the automotive and electronics industry. 

Note for photo editors: Photos of the arrival of the train are available from 13:00h under the following link: www.deutschebahn.com/mediathek

Issued by: DB Mobility Logistics AG
Potsdamer Platz 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Responsible for content: Oliver Schumacher,
Head of Corporate Communications

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